SARASOTA (WWSB) - “My heart bleeds for my transgender siblings who are out there sort of concerned about what does this mean,” said Nathan Bruemmer.
Today’s Supreme Court decision really hits close to home for Bruemmer, Executive Director of Also Youth, a group pushing for the rights of the LGBTQ+ community here on the Suncoast.
“It’s very clear that it shows the federal administration is not supportive of inclusion in our troops which has been the case for years," said Bruemmer. "But it does give the option for the processing to continue legally through the appeals court.”
The five conservative justices voting to allow the Trump administration to go ahead with it’s plan to block people who have been diagnosed with a condition known as gender dysphoria from serving in the military with limited exceptions. The four liberal justices objecting to the ban. Bryan Jacobs is a Navy veteran who is founder of the Vets 2 Success organization. He gives us his take on today’s decision.
“When we serve, we serve for the purpose of our brothers and sisters on the front lines and that’s where it really comes down to play, can they serve in that thought process, can they put the others around them over their own personal views,” said Jacobs.
For Jacobs and many other members of the military there are concerns about the mental challenges, the cost for those changing their gender and also that someone who is changing from a male to a female can rise up the ranks faster because of their strength compared to other females.
“I don’t think the military or taxpayers should be spending their money for someone’s identity,” said Jacobs.
Despite today’s Supreme Court decision, the cases will continue to move through the lower courts. Bruemmer, a former member of the Army Reserves, says he’s hopeful there are brighter days ahead for the transgender community.
“Anyone willing to take up arms and serve our country in any of the branches of government and willing to sacrifice that should have an opportunity to do that,” said Bruemmer.